Thursday 7th July | Term 2 Week 10
Kia ora e te whānau,

Well, here we are at the end of term already! I’m pleased to say that attendance is somewhat improved when compared to the first term. Although we continue to see covid cases rolling through the school community, we have been able to remain stable, keeping the school open to all classes this term. This is not so for many schools locally, and nationally.

Last week, I had the pleasure of being invited by Room 5 to their CO2 Cars racing event. Each student took on an important role in the event from Security through to Race Starters. Their organisation, and the support of teachers and volunteers from across the school allowed myself, and many of our classes to enjoy cheering on the racers. There is an article later in the newsletter showcasing their project. Well done to Room 5, I know you achieved a wide variety of cross-curricular learning outcomes whilst undertaking this project.

Yesterday, you should have received a password reminder for the school portal (or a first-time access letter if you are new to our community). You can access Mid-Year Reports for your child(ren) via the portal as of today. If you are having access trouble or the report has not arrived, please contact us by emailing [email protected]. Please note, that students who have recently arrived at Twizel Area School, and those with specific IEPs do not receive reports in this cycle.

Today, we have had the pleasure of hosting parents at the Drama Festival. I have been lucky enough to see the Room 7, 8 and 9 performances - how fantastic were they?! Unfortunately, I missed out on Rooms 13, 4 and 5 as I was visiting, with the Board, Huxley Lodge. The purpose of this visit was to decide on plans for this resource, going forward. The Board should have some news for the community soon. 

The Drama Festival performances and the Year 7-13 End of term Assemblies will be available to view on our school YouTube channel as soon as they have been processed.

Good luck to all our students travelling to Whangarei to compete in the National Area Schools Tournament during the school holidays, we're all behind you and I'm sure you will make Twizel proud.

Wishing you a fantastic winter break!

He waka eke noa,

Kate Staniford
Tumuaki | Principal

Junior Drama Festival a Hit!

This afternoon's Junior Drama Festival was a hit with students, teachers and parents alike! If you couldn't attend, you can watch it right here. Don't forget to come back to this page tomorrow to view the Year 7-13 End-of-Term Assemblies!


Mid-Year Reports Now Online

Students' Mid-Year Reports are now available to read in the School Web Portal. For instructions on how to access and download your child's report, click here!


Sukrit's Model Tracked Vehicle

Middle School ākonga have just finished Robotics for the Semester and Sukrit has managed to exceed all prior efforts (for the last 7 years)!


co2 Dragster Race Day

Room 5 ākonga have been busy with their co2 car project this term and Friday last week was Race Day, with every student taking on important roles at the event from Security through to Race Starters! 🏎 🏁


Sonic, Minecraft & Mario?

During Options classes, Middle School ākonga have been learning to code a 2-D platformer game. They designed what their game would be about, and what it would look like, then brought it to life using the platform Gamefroot. Take a look at their creations...


William at the Young Inspiring Explorers Summit

Year 7 student William Newlands was fortunate to be chosen to attend the Young Inspiring Explorers Summit in Christchurch last month. The summit saw 20 Year 7-9 students from across the country spend the weekend with the Antarctic Heritage Trust and Kiwi explorer William Pike.


Fire! Fire! Fire!

This Term, Room 7 and 8 ākonga have been involved in the Get Firewise Programme for Year 1 and 2 students. They were fortunate enough to get a visit from The Twizel Fire Brigade last week to learn about fire safety in their homes. 🚒 👩‍🚒


Term 3 Dates for your Diary

Here are some Term 3 dates for your diary...


Capture the Dark Photography Contest

The International Dark-Sky Association's third annual Capture the Dark Photography Contest is open now! 📷 🌟


Whānau Āwhina Plunket Online Course

Plunket Education in Schools is, once again, offering their online Babysitting Course available for teenagers all over Aotearoa and designed to give high school students the knowledge and skills to babysit children of all ages.


Dental Care During the School Holidays

The Community Dental Service will be providing dental care for children enrolled with the service during the upcoming school holidays. The clinics will offer treatment and relief of pain sessions by appointment only.


Dunedin Tertiary Open Days 2022

Otago Polytechnic and the University of Otago are holding their Open Days for 2022 on Sunday 31st July and Monday 1st August. The Open Days will have academic presentations and activities, residential college tours, as well as lots of displays and activities from University clubs and services.


Free DoC Trapping Workshop

Are you interested in doing more to support native wildlife in your backyard, as part of Predator-Free 2050? Join the free Trappin Workshop run by DoC to help make the Mackenzie Region predator free.


The Wonder of Adventure

Trying something new pushes us out of our comfort zones. And while some of us ned more of a push than others, the benefits are universal.


School Holidays are Here!

A busy Term 2 is now at an end, M1 students have celebrated with an end-of-term pyjama day enjoying lots of kai and fun! Teachers and students can look forward to a well-earned rest and a battery recharge!


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→ Friday, 8th July — End of Term Assemblies
→ Friday, 8th July — Last day of Term 2
→ Friday, 8th July — Mid-Year Reports sent
→ Tuesday, 12th to Friday, 15th July — National Area Schools' Tournament
→ Monday, 25th July — Term 3 begins
→ Thursday, 28th July — Junior Snow Club starts Yr3-6
→ Friday, 29th July — Senior Snow Club starts Yr7-13
→ Sunday, 31st July to Monday, 1st August — Dunedin Tertiary Open Day

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